With many disagreements regarding social issues and problems facing students, many parents are upset with their local school districts. Many students are unhappy at their current school. Homeschooling may be a strong option for families facing these situations. Far too many families are unfamiliar with their rights to homeschool their children.
According to Section 167.031 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, a parent or guardian of a child may provide education at the home. The parent does not need any teaching certificate or educational requirements to homeschool their child. All a parent must do is notify the school district in which they reside of their plans of homeschooling their child. And with no questions asked, by law, they are able to begin homeschooling their child or children immediately. The parents, however, are required to maintain a daily journal of 1000 hours a year, including 600 of core subject of their lessons given at home. 400 of those core subject hours must be completed at home. Also, the parent must save work samples and evaluations of achievement (grades of work given by parent to student). If your child has a disability, the school district is still responsible to provide services.
Leslie Williams, a parent who has homeschooled her daughter for a little over a year said the following regarding homeschooling, “I was faced with a situation where my child was being bullied by teachers, administrators and other students. She was the new student and had transferred to SLPS from a private school after I loss my job. When I weighed the benefits of school with the dangerous culture we had learned of, my decision was to homeschool my child during middle school because she was far ahead in achievement compared to the assignments given her. She was coming home with 2nd grade worksheets and I thought, why put her through all this negativity to complete worksheets she had already completed 5 years earlier.” Williams plans on transferring her daughter to a public highschool next year because there is no recognized diploma for homeschooling other than passing a GED.
Jessica Holmes, another parent whom home schooled her children up unto high school said that the transition into highschool was simple. She said the principal just reviewed thier portfolio of work assignments and daily log and assessed the childrens achievement and started them as freshmen.
If more families would use this option, maybe lifes would be saved of children who feel no other security other than killing other students or killing themselves due to feeling trapped.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has the state requirement on their website at http://dese.mo.gov/schoollaw/HomeSch/.